Propulsion Systems News

11 Nov 2019

Wes Amelie Retrofit for Synthetic Natural Gas

Photo: Wärtsilä

The technology group Wärtsilä, in collaboration with PSA Marine, has achieved a breakthrough in its IntelliTug project.Following the successful installation of a first-of-its-kind Dynamic Positioning (DP) system onboard the harbor tug ‘PSA Polaris’, trials are now being carried out in the Port of Singapore under real-world conditions. This phase of the project implementation, which has been approved by Lloyd’s Register, moves the bar higher on safety standards for vessel automation and autonomy.

04 Nov 2019

Prototype for Hydrogen - One Step Closer

Illustration of the ship’s propulsion systems with integrated LH2 tank and fuel cells.
Photo: Havyard

Havyard is taking the next step towards a hydrogen system pilot for large ships. The company is entering the approval phase and has signed agreements with suppliers of  hydrogen tanks and fuel cells.If large vessels are to sail zero emission at high speed over long distances, battery solutions does not contain enough energy. Fuel cells running on hydrogen is a solution to this, and the Havyard Group, with Havyard Design & Solutions and Norwegian Electric Systems, is now conducting…

31 Oct 2019

Offshore Wind: a Freshening Breeze?

AdobeStock_CREDIT Yauhen Suslo

July brought news about offshore wind. There was something for everyone: optimism, disappointment, and construction, too.Finally, starting with Dominion Energy’s Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project, a joint venture with Danish wind developer Orsted is underway. True, this is a small project – just two wind turbines to be installed 27 miles east of Virginia Beach. But considering all the preceding hurdles, news about Dominion blew in as proverbial, hopeful fresh air. Surely…

30 Oct 2019

WASP Sets Sail on its 3-Year Voyage

WASP kick-off: From the kick-off meeting of the WASP project in Rotterdam recently. Photo: Nord University

The WASP (Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion) project, funded by the Interreg North Sea Europe program, part of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to the tune of €3.4 million has been officially approved and launched.The project brings together universities, wind-assist technology providers with ship owners to research, trial and validate the operational performance of a selection of wind propulsion solutions thus enabling wind propulsion technology market penetration and…

29 Oct 2019

The ABC’s of DP 101

Image Credit: Beier

Dynamic Positioning has been around for a while, it is evolving and it is here to stay. Here to sort it all out are two of industry’s more familiar stakeholders who also explain what might come next.When it comes to critical offshore operations and vessel handling, this is not your grandfather’s marine industry, and it hasn’t been for some time. That’s because the bridge layout and equipment commonly found on any recently delivered offshore service vessel would be unfamiliar to the typical deck officer of just 20 years ago.

14 Oct 2019

Wärtsilä and Norsepower Sign Agreement

The agreement between Wärtsilä and Norsepower will promote the use of Rotor Sails and support sustainable shipping. (Photo: Wärtsilä)

The technology group Wärtsilä and Norsepower, a provider of low maintenance, software operated, data verified auxiliary wind propulsion systems, have signed a service cooperation agreement. This will enable Norsepower to order service work from Wärtsilä, while Wärtsilä can pursue and sell Norsepower Rotor Sail projects with support from Norsepower. The agreement was signed in Q3 2019.With the growth of Norsepower’s manufacturing capacity and the anticipated increasing demand for its Rotor Sails…

10 Oct 2019

Fuel Cells for Maritime Shipping

Photo: Freudenberg Sealing Technologies

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies will act as a technology partner in the Pa-X-ell2 project. The goal is to develop a new generation of fuel cells for use on seagoing vessels. For the future project on sustainable, CO2-free mobility at sea, the largest shipyard for the construction of cruise ships – Meyer Werft in Papenburg – and the global technology specialist Freudenberg Sealing Technologies intend to equip future generations of cruise ships with fuel cell propulsion. Besides Meyer Werft…

10 Oct 2019

Autonomous Shipping – Cyber Hazards Ahead

A look at the typical areas most frequently seen as the scene of common accidents on board workboats. (source: European Maritime Safety Agency [EMSA])

If autonomous vessels are the future of maritime shipping, then cyber threats may be its Achilles heel. Congested shipping, restricted visibility, limited maneuverability, and intensive docking activities all contribute to port hazards – 42 percent of EU reported marine accidents (injury/death/damage to ships) took place in port areas and 44 percent of workboat fatalities occurred on Tugs. Autonomous shipping should provide numerous benefits including increased safety by relieving crewmembers of unsafe and repetitious tasks.

04 Oct 2019

Volvo Penta Powers Swedish Electric-Hybrid Ferry

Photo: Volvo Penta

Volvo Penta gensets are powering the largest electric-hybrid ferry in Sweden. The Tellus ferry operates the 1.8km-wide Gullmarsleden waterway between Uddevalla and Lysekil – one of Sweden’s busy maritime routes. We take a look at the motivations, collaborations, and technology behind this installation.The Tellus ferry was commissioned by the Swedish Transport Administration and built by Baltic Workboats Shipyard – an Estonian company that’s made over 200 workboats and who currently have 30 workboats on order.

01 Oct 2019

HHI Showcases New LNG Cargo Tank System

Image: Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI)

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has  received a General Approval from LR (Lloyd's Register) for the company's own-design LNG cargo tank, known as HiMEX.A General Approval is a higher level of approval issued by LR than an AiP (Approval in Principle). Based on this latest approval granted, HHI plans to complete a full-fledged demonstration process of HiMEX by 2020.HiMEX, HHI’s next-generation design solution for membrane-type LNG cargo tanks with full secondary barriers, features HHI-developed corrugation shape design…

01 Oct 2019

KSOE, DNV GL Sign Low-Carbon Emissions MOU

DNV GL and KSOE have signed an MOU to develop low-carbon fuels. Pictured is the MOU signing ceremony which took place at the Gastech trade fair in Houston, Texas, last month. (Photo: DNV GL / KSOE)

DNV GL and Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (KSOE), a sub-holding company of Hyundai Heavy Industries’ shipbuilding and offshore business, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to cooperate on the development of low- and zero-carbon ship technology. The signing took place at the recent Gastech trade fair in Houston, Texa, US and was attended by Ki-Sun Chung, Senior Executive Vice President, and Won-Ho Joo, Director of the Advanced Research Center from KSOE, as well as Conn Fagan…

23 Sep 2019

OGCI Invests in Wind Power for Ships

Pic: Norsepower Oy Ltd

OGCI Climate Investments has led an EUR 8 million investment round in Norsepower, along with current investors, to accelerate Norsepower’s growth on global markets.The investment enables Norsepower to scale up production at its manufacturing facilities as part of a next phase of commercialization triggered by demand for its renewable wind energy propulsion systems, said a press release from Norsepower Oy Ltd., the provider of low maintenance, software operated, data verified auxiliary…

13 Sep 2019

ZF Promotes Orvieto

Drew Orvieto (Photo: ZF Marine Propulsion Systems)

ZF Marine Propulsion Systems Miramar, LLC announced that Drew Orvieto has been promoted to the position of Senior Manager, Commercial Fast Craft and Engineering – North America. Orvieto, a 4+ year member of the ZF team first worked with the company as an intern in 2011.Orvieto returned to ZF in 2015 after completing a Master’s degree in engineering, followed by a period as a naval architect at a large American boat builder. Upon his return to ZF, Orvieto took a position as naval architect…

10 Sep 2019

Corvus Opens New Facility in Norway

Norwegian-Canadian marine propulsion energy storage solutions provider Corvus Energy has opened its a new battery manufacturing facility in Bergen, Norway. The automated factory is equipped with a digitized production line based on nine robotic stations and has the capacity of up to 400 MWh per year.“There is an electric revolution going on in the maritime sector, and we want to deliver the best solutions in the industry," said Geir Bjørkeli, CEO, Corvus Energy. "The Corvus team in Vancouver developed the groundbreaking battery solution that accelerated adoption of zero-emission and hybrid marine propulsion systems, particularly in Norway.

09 Sep 2019

Corvus Opens Second Battery Factory in Norway

Left to right: Gisle Frydenlund, EVP & Project Director of Corvus Energy, Monica Mæland, Norwegian Minister of Local Government and Modernization, and Geir Bjørkeli, CEO of Corvus Energy, cut the ribbon to officially open the new Corvus automated battery factory in Bergen, Norway. Photo: Corvus Energy

Corvus Energy, the Norwegian-Canadian designer and manufacturer of energy storage solutions for marine propulsion and electrical systems opens  a new automated battery factory in Bergen, Norway to meet demand.“There is an electric revolution going on in the maritime sector, and we want to deliver the best solutions in the industry,” said Geir Bjørkeli, CEO of Corvus Energy.“The Corvus team in Vancouver developed the groundbreaking battery solution that accelerated adoption of zero-emission and hybrid marine propulsion systems, particularly in Norway.

05 Sep 2019

Oldendorff Orders ABB Azipods for Newbuild Bulkers

ABB Azipod electric proplusion is being installed on two Oldendorff Carriers newbuild dry bulk carrier vessels.

(Photo: ABB)

Bulk carrier operator Oldendorff Carriers has for the first time placed an order with ABB for Azipod electric propulsion systems for two newbuild dry bulk carriers.The self-unloading dry cargo transhipment vessels with 21,500 dwt capacity will be fitted with two 1.9 MW Azipod electric propulsion units each. The contract also covers the delivery of electric, digital and connected solutions, including a main diesel-electric power plant, generators, switchboards, bow thruster motors…

05 Sep 2019

ABB Propulsion Takes Ship to North Pole

Norwegian Coast Guard vessel KV Svalbard and its crew at the North Pole: the ship is the first ABB Azipod powered craft to reach the Pole. (Photo: ABB)

Norwegian Coast Guard ship KV Svalbard is the first vessel powered by an ABB Azipod propulsion system to reach the North Pole.The ship is equipped with twin 5MW Azipod icebreaking units which enabled it to sail through polar ice at speeds of up to 6 to 7 knots when it took part in an international scientific expedition, the Coordinated Arctic Acoustic Thermometry Experiment led by Norwegian research foundation The Nansen Center.The Azipod electric propulsion system is designed to make s ships highly maneuverable…

04 Sep 2019

ClassNK Guidelines for Wind-Assisted Propulsion

Logo: Class NK

Classification Society ClassNK has released its Guidelines for Wind-Assisted Propulsion Systems for Ships.Environmental regulations continue to tighten, and as the IMO has announced its goal to completely eliminate GHG emissions within this century, technology using wind power for auxiliary propulsion is attracting attention as one of the underlying technologies for accomplishing this. In addition to the sails used on sailboats in older times, systems in which boats are dragged along by a large kite and the wind it receives…

03 Sep 2019

New RoPax Design from KNUD E. HANSEN

KNUD E. HANSEN’s newest ferry design is a 154-meter RoPax ferry that can transport up to 1500 passengers and 440 cars, also featuring 657 lane meters for trucks and trailers.

(Photo: KNUD E. HANSEN)

Danish ship design specialist KNUD E. HANSEN has revealed its newest, groundbreaking design, a 154-meter RoPax ferry that can transport up to 1500 passengers and 440 cars.The vessel also features an additional 657 lane meters for trucks and trailers. The vessel has been designed to with flexible maneuvering and docking capabilities making it highly suitable for markets such as the Mediterranean region but it is also able to work in a variety of locations and under a range of operation…

03 Sep 2019

Knud E. Hansen Intros New RoPax Design

Image: Knud E. Hansen

Danish naval architectural consultancy Knud E. Hansen has released its newest design, a 154-meter RoPax ferry that can transport up to 1,500 passengers and 440 cars.The vessel also offers an additional 657 lane meters for trucks and trailers, said the marine engineering company.The vessel has a service speed of 25 knots and can operate close to optimum engine load even at slow speeds due to its diesel electric propulsion plant and azimuthing pods. The four engines have a combined power of approximately 48 Megawatts and are fueled by marine diesel oil (MDO).

02 Sep 2019

ABB Installs Electric Azipods On Board Bulkers

Azipod propulsion to be installed on board Oldendorff Carriers newbuilds. Pic: ABB

Swiss-Swedish multinational corporation ABB has announced that it is entering a new market segment by installing Azipod electric propulsion systems on board two dry bulk carriers from Germany’s Oldendorff Carriers.Two self-unloading dry cargo transshipment units will be the first bulk carriers in the industry to feature ABB’s Azipod electric propulsion. Both vessels, due for delivery to Oldendorff Carriers in 2021 from the Chengxi Shipyard in China, will be equipped with a complete power and propulsion solution from ABB.Each 21,500 DWT vessel will feature two 1.9MW Azipod units.

28 Aug 2019

R/V Nanuq Joins U. of Alaska Fleet

The College of Fisheries and Marine Science at the University of Alaska Fairbanks added a new Armstrong Marine-built research vessel to its fleet, Nanuq, which arrived in Seward, Alaska, ealiers this summer.The Port Angeles, Wash.-based boatbuilder designed the 40-foot aluminum hulled boat and Pacific Power Group, working closely with Armstrong, fit the vessel with a pair of Volvo Penta D6 engines that each deliver 330hp. The engines are paired with Aquamatic outdrives and Volvo…

13 Aug 2019

NES to Deliver More 'Concept' Solutions to Esvagt

Photo: Norwegian Electric Systems

Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) has signed a contract for the delivery of a further three equipment packages with IAS/PMS and NavCom to Esvagt, a pioneer in offshore wind.This will be vessels number eight, nine and ten delivered to Esvagt, where NES will deliver the same integrated automation system (IAS) and navigation and communication package with Concept Bridge as those delivered for the other windfarm service vessels.The contract is worth $2.35 million.Good conceptThe first equipment package with engineering is scheduled for delivery in March 2020.

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